Giving fans a taste of new music, vocalist Blanca released the "Real Love" EP (Word Entertainment) on Friday, Sept. 22. The five-track set is now available at all digital and streaming outlets and features the standout title track, which is currently impacting radio and streaming charts worldwide.
Upon release on Aug. 25, Spotify immediately added the lead single to its "New Music Friday" playlist, which boasts more than 2 million followers. In less than a week, the track reached top 20 status on Spotify's all-genre global viral 50 chart and top 15 on the U.S. viral chart. "Real Love" has been streamed over 1 million times during its first month of release, including nearly half a million plays of the song's music video.
"Real Love" was written in the wake of the recent death of Blanca's mother, who lost her fight to cancer last December. It was through facing her mother's cancer battle and subsequent passing that Blanca realized she craved more than surface religion. It's a theme that permeates the track listing of her new EP, a collection that fuses her unique blend of rhythmic pop, hip-hop and soul. The fresh songs, all written or co-written by Blanca, continue her commitment to vulnerable, transparent songwriting showcased on her critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut.
Blanca is currently working on a follow-up full-length studio project due in 2018; but, in the meantime, she'll preview new music throughout the fall on the "Big Church Night Out" Tour alongside Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets and 7eventh Time Down. The tour kicked off Thursday evening in Montgomery, Alabama, and will visit 43 cities before concluding Dec. 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Blanca will perform Nov. 18 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
Watch the official music video for "Real Love" below.